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Barbara Alsop 
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Re: “Vermont Legislature Passes Budget Compromise, Avoiding Government Shutdown

So if this was essentially the same as the Senate's proposal a month ago, how is this working together? The need for an additional session, rubber stamp or otherwise, was caused by Scott's grandstanding, and comes out of the taxpayers pocket. Maybe we'll save some money this year on contracts, but what did this exercise in gamesmanship cost the state?

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 06/22/2017 at 2:26 PM

Re: “It's 2018 Time: Who Might Challenge Gov. Scott?

I don't know much about James Ehlers, except what I read in the press, but I wouldn't worry about his hair. Didn't David Zuckerman establish that you can get elected in this state with a ponytail?

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 06/14/2017 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Walters: Congressional Shooter Campaigned for Bernie Sanders

Citizen, I am on Bernie's side, and nothing he said during the campaign or since compares to what your president said and continues to say promoting violence. I was born and bred in America, and am as American as you. Your diatribe seems to ignore that you were one of the ones who never accepted Obama as your president. Your 180 degree about-face is not as subtle as you may think, or perhaps you think it's okay to spout this bull about "accepting the loss in November." Obama was more legitatimately elected both times than Trump, winning over 50% of the popular vote.

So get off your high horse and try to be civilized. We are all appalled and disgusted by this violence today. Bernie Sanders is the single most popular politician in this country today. You are the one out of step with the majority of Americans. If you don't like it, why don't you take your own advice?

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 06/14/2017 at 3:28 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Stands His Ground on Teacher Health Care

This kind of smarmy doublespeak is Republican talk from the 1960s when they still were in the minority nationwide and had to try to talk nice while being pig-headed. Hate to tell the governor that it was 50 years ago. He has clearly taken a "my way or the highway" stance that has no chance of resolution, particularly when he cancels meetings without cause and instead talks to the media. Politics involves people getting together and ironing out their differences, at least at the state level. Scott obviously has no interest in doing this.

Here's an idea. If he's so good at all this, why doesn't he just create the single payer plan that Shummy couldn't? It would have two immediate benefits. It would solve the health care conundrum in one fell swoop. And it would be a poke in the eye at his predecessor.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 06/02/2017 at 2:07 PM

Re: “Walters: Did the Governor Just Wave the White Flag?

I think the governor has gotten a raft of phone calls from people who don't believe he is behaving properly in this instance and has realized how horrible it will look if the government is defunded as of July 1. He never considered the possibility that his late proposal and intransigence would not get him what he wanted. He's woken up, smelled the coffee, and realized he will lose badly if the state shut downs. Now he's trying to save face and figure out a way to blame it on the dems and progs. If one thing is clear from the elections last fall, it's that the dems and progs are stronger than his team, and got more votes than his team did. He was at best a compromise governor after the appalling behavior of Shumlin, and a nice guy. He may lose that nice guy label after this maneuver.

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Posted by Barbara Alsop on 05/20/2017 at 10:45 PM

Re: “As Scott Threatens Veto, Vermont Budget Faces Uncertain Future

Phil Scott raises a fairy tale number in April that he could have raised in January when there was time to address the issues in both the House and the Senate. Instead he ambushed the legislature and made a nonnegotiable demand. When the legislature tried in good faith to address his late-raised issue, he doubled down on what he wanted. Now he's like a petulant schoolboy demanding acquiescence or he'll take his ball and go home. This is ridiculous. If the number really is $26 million, which I doubt, it deserves careful and close shepherding through the legislative process, not guerilla tactics from the governor. It's not as if the sky will fall if it's not addressed this year. Of course the funding of schools is an important issue, and a major driver in property taxes. Let the legislature do its work in a responsible manner, and allow an equitable and democratic determination of where to use any savings.

16 likes, 34 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 05/18/2017 at 3:17 PM

Re: “To Veto Budget, Scott May Have to Kill His Own Housing Plan

Nice reverse poison pill. If Scott wants to play hardball, he has to expect that others will too. His $26 million unicorn may hoist him on its horn after all.

2 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Barbara Alsop on 05/18/2017 at 3:05 PM

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